JAPAN


CHA SOBA WITH MEN TSUYU
Cha soba (Japanese green tea noodles) with ment tsuyu (noodle sauce) is one of our family favorite. My daughter absolutely loves the regular soba noodles. She calls it “brown noodles” simply because of the color. She approached me the other day and said “Mommy, you haven’t cooked the brown noodles […]

CHA SOBA WITH MEN TSUYU


OXTAIL SHIO RAMEN
The mention of oxtail ramen makes me feeling a little nostalgic. It brings me back all the way to Oahu, Hawaii That’s where I had my first oxtail ramen. At Ramen Nakamura in Oahu. That little shop always has long queue. The Japanese and tourists from all over the world […]

OXTAIL SHIO RAMEN


MATCHA SESAME SEEDS SHORTBREAD COOKIES
Snowy day is always good to stay indoor and be warm (to me anyway). With that said, the kids need things to do something though. Baking some cookies is always a big hit 😉 I was able to get some good quality matcha powder from Japan. I’ve always love the […]

MATCHA SESAME SEEDS SHORTBREAD COOKIES



EASY PEASY CHICKEN TERIYAKI
Teriyaki is probably one of the most common terms we hear in culinary world and see on restaurant menu that serves Japanese food. The term teriyaki itself refers to the cooking method in Japan by broiling or grilling and basted in a sauce typically made of sake, mirin, soy sauce […]

EASY PEASY CHICKEN TERIYAKI


OYAKO UDON / UDON NOODLES WITH CHICKEN AND EGG
I’m always a big fan of Japanese home-style cooking. I found most of them are pretty simple with lots of flavor. Oyako udon is one of my favorite Japanese noodle dish. This noodle dish is so simple to make and very delicious. Oyako means parents and children in Japanese. The […]

OYAKO UDON / UDON NOODLES WITH CHICKEN AND EGG


GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL
I always have a thing for Japanese food. Mention the word sashimi, and you can literally see me salivating like the Pavlov’s dog (not a pretty sight I know, but you get what I mean). I actually made my husband promised to bring me to eat lots and lots of […]

GYU DONBURI / BEEF BOWL



SHRIMP ROLLS
If you google the word “shrimp rolls”, you will get over 5 millions images of shrimp rolls. Speaking of variety! These shrimp rolls are not wrapped in spring roll wrappers, wonton wrappers, rice, seaweed, or any other common wrappers. The shrimp rolls are wrapped using roasted bell peppers. I love […]

SHRIMP ROLLS


CHICKEN TERIYAKI ROLLS
The fun part about making sushi is you can pretty much roll in (or roll out) whatever you wish. These chicken teriyaki rolls are just one of the example. I also rolled in some avocados and spinach leaves. These rolls can be a complete meal on its own. These will […]

CHICKEN TERIYAKI ROLLS


INARI SUSHI
Inari sushi is one of my favorite sushi that is very simple to make. Inari sushi is typically made of a deep-fried tofu skin pouch, called aburaage in Japanese, stuffed with seasoned sushi rice. Aburaage are skins made by lifting the skin off soy milk and drying it. The aburaage […]

INARI SUSHI



SCALLOP, MAYONNAISE, POTATO AND SESAME ROLLS
After trying the shrimp, spinach, and wasabi mash rolls using mashed potatoes to replace sushi rice and they turned fabulous, I gave another different rolls using mashed potatoes a try. This time using scallop and mayonnaise. I gotta tell you these are really good too. I’ve always enjoyed eating scallops […]

SCALLOP, MAYONNAISE, POTATO AND SESAME ROLLS


TONKATSU INSIDE-OUT ROLLS
The other fun part about making sushi is you can pretty much roll them with whatever ingredient you like. Sushi doesn’t always have to come with fishes, at least not to me. The typical sushi roll is made with the seaweed expose to the outside. With the inside-out rolls, the […]

INSIDE-OUT TONKATSU ROLLS


LEMON PEPPER CRAB SUSHI BOATS
Before I say anything else, this lemon pepper crab sushi boats has definitely become one of my favorites. The first bite into the sushi and I think the nerves on my tongue immediately sent signals to my brain and I my respond was like “WOW! The sweetness of the crab […]

LEMON PEPPER CRAB SUSHI BOATS



GREEN BEAN SUSHI BOATS
Sushi is absolutely beyond just raw fish. The thing you can make into sushi is really limited to your own creativity. You will see as I do more sushi posts (please bear with me). I’m not a chef. Just a mother who likes to experiment at kitchen and if I […]

GREEN BEAN SUSHI BOATS


SLOW-COOKED OXTAILS WITH RICE NOODLES
As shared by Takashi Yagihashi in his Takashi’s Noodles cookbook, Oxtail is a favorite ingredient in countries as diverse as Jamaica, France and Korea. When you taste it, it’s not hard to understand why. It is our favorite too in the house. To be able to enjoy the richness and […]

SLOW-COOKED OXTAILS WITH RICE NOODLES


SHRIMP TEMPURA
How can you make tempura without including shrimp ? I’ve eaten them too often that I gotta made them. These tempura shrimps are good as appetizers or the Japanese usually like to serve them with noodles, such as soba noodles. Print SHRIMP TEMPURA (2 servings)   What you will need: […]

SHRIMP TEMPURA



EGG DROP AND CRAB NABEYAKI UDON
Don’t let the title “egg drop and crab nabeyaki udon” fools you thinking that you need to spend the whole day standing at the kitchen fixing this dish. As a matter of fact, it is so easy to make and one of the easiest udon noodle dish I’ve ever fixed. […]

EGG DROP AND CRAB NABEYAKI UDON


JALAPENO TEMPURA
After making the vegetable tempura, I continued on with my tempura journey to make jalapeno tempura. I saw them in the fridge and I was like “hum….I wonder how they taste like”. The only regret I had while making this jalapeno tempura was not discovering it early enough. These jalapeno […]

JALAPENO TEMPURA


VEGETABLE TEMPURA
I’m sure every now and then you heard of this word “tempura” or perhaps seen it on the menu at Japanese restaurants. While reading through the history of tempura from Takashi’s noodle cookbook by Takashi Yagihashi, I just found out that the cooking method was introduced by the Portuguese in […]

VEGETABLE TEMPURA



SPICY EGGPLANT JA-JA-MEN UDON 2
A while ago I made Zha jiang mian/ sweet and spicy beef noodles. Zha jiang mian noodle is originated from Northern China. The Japanese version is called Ja-ja-men and I believe the Korean version is call jajangmyeon. The noodle is served with ground beef/pork along cooked with the rich thick […]

SPICY EGGPLANT JA-JA-MEN UDON


GYOZA/ JAPANESE PAN-FRIED DUMPLINGS
Gyoza or also known as Japanese pan-fried dumplings are ground meat and/or vegetable-filled dumplings that are pan-fried and then steamed. Gyoza is very similar to the Chinese’s pot sticker (guo tie). Gyoza is usually served with soy-vinegar dipping sauce. Making gyoza is really not that difficult and it is perfect […]

GYOZA/ JAPANESE PAN-FRIED DUMPLINGS


SHOYU RAMEN/ TOKYO-STYLE RAMEN
Shoyu ramen is another one of my favorite Japanese ramen noodles. Shoyu ramen is Japan’s classic ramen, also known as Tokyo-style ramen. It is the way ramen was originally prepared after it was adopted from Chinese cooking. Shoyu ramen is prepared using the ramen chicken stock and shoyu base, which […]

SHOYU RAMEN/ TOKYO-STYLE RAMEN



BRAISED PORK BELLY FOR RAMEN NOODLES
I have prepared braised pork belly before using my mom’s recipe. That was such a great Chinese-style pork belly recipe and a great treat. It’s always my favorite. This braised pork belly recipe from Takashi’s noodle by Takashi Yagihashi and Harris Salat is a classic topping for shoyu ramen noodles. […]

BRAISED PORK BELLY FOR RAMEN NOODLES


SHIO RAMEN
I didn’t really know much about preparing ramen noodles until recently. Then came the recent trip to Hawaii where we had ramen noodles almost everyday lol! Very authentic ramen too. If you ever visited Honolulu and wondering where’s the great place to have a bowl of authentic ramen that will […]

SHIO RAMEN


RAMEN CHICKEN STOCK
This is the beginning of something good folks! One of the most important things in preparing a wonderful noodle soup dish (IMHO) is getting the soup right. I love Japanese ramen noodles. If you are not familiar with Japanese ramen noodles, I’ll elaborate more on the ramen noodles recipes I’ve […]

RAMEN CHICKEN STOCK



TONJIRU/ PORK AND VEGETABLE MISO SOUP
I’m ending my journey with Everyday Harumi cookbook by Harumi Kurihara with this tonjiru, a standard dish in Japan. Each household in Japan has its own version of tonjiru. The traditional tonjiru is made with tofu, miso, and dashi stock, combines pork with vegetables such as daikon, burdock, sweet potato, […]

TONJIRU/ PORK AND VEGETABLE MISO SOUP


MAZESUSHI
Mazesushi or known as mixed sushi is a common dish prepared at home in Japan. To me, mazesushi is like a deconstructed sushi roll. I find this very tasty, as I’m also a sushi fan. There are two stages to this recipe. First you gotta prepare the rice with the […]

MAZESUSHI


HALIBUT AND EGGPLANT MISO GRATIN
This halibut and eggplant miso gratin dish is deeply delicious. REPEAT: DEEPLY delicious!! I will definitely keep this recipe forever and ever. Well, it’s up here. So, it will be here for as long as this site exists. By adding miso to the sauce surely gives and extra depth and […]

HALIBUT AND EGGPLANT MISO GRATIN



YAKI SOBA / FRIED NOODLES WITH PORK AND CABBAGE
When I first saw the yaki soba recipe, I decided to skip it because I thought…well, it’s just another stir-fry noodles. Being an Asian, I just have tons of stir-fry noodles recipes. After all I grew up with rice and noodle. Then things happened. I got lazy. I still have […]

YAKI SOBA / FRIED NOODLES WITH PORK AND CABBAGE


HOT NOODLE SOUP WITH SLICED DUCK
If you feel like eating a bowl of hot noodle soup in this chilly weather or even if the weather at your side is not chilly, as a matter of fact, it makes you sweat like a pig, make this noodle a choice of yours. Why? Easy to make and […]

HOT NOODLE SOUP WITH SLICED DUCK


SHRIMP AND CHICKEN ANKAKE DONBURI
This shrimp and chicken ankake donburi was one of my most favorite dishes prepared this week from Everyday Harumi cookbook by Harumi Kurihara. You know me, I am always bought into the idea of “something” served on top of rice, which is what the word donburi means, on rice. Quoting […]

SHRIMP AND CHICKEN ANKAKE DONBURI



TUNA TATAKI SALAD
I think tuna tataki was pretty much how far I would go in terms of preparing 98% raw fish. It always makes me a bit nervous, preparing a raw fish at home. Tataki is Japanese method of cooking tuna and beef that involves searing the outside, leaving the inside rare. […]

TUNA TATAKI SALAD


SALMON NANBANZUKE
Nanbanzuke is the Japanese name for combination of dashi stock, sweet vinegar, lemon, and chili. As shared by Harumi Kurihara in her Everyday Harumi cookbook, this sauce can be used with meat or fish, but is especially good with salmon and is best served with lots of healthy vegetables. The […]

SALMON NANBANZUKE


TOFU WITH CRUNCHY TOPPINGS 2
So after WOW-ing my husband with the tofu steak dish, I decided to surprise him again with this tofu with crunchy toppings. Loaded him up with tofu I now have even better reason to welcome tofu back in the fridge in a very consistent basis 😉 My 14-month old enjoys […]

TOFU WITH CRUNCHY TOPPINGS



tofu 7
Tofu has certainly gained its popularity share outside Asia these days. I personally enjoy tofu very much myself. I remember how my sister always made fun of me when we were still in college. When we went to Asian grocery store, tofu was always in the shopping cart. I often […]

TOFU STEAK


KATSUDON
In Everyday Harumi cookbook by Harumi Kurihara, she shared that the word katsudon comes from katsudon, a deep-fried pork steak, and donburi, the word for a bowl of rice with an added ingredient on top. A typical katsudon is a bowl of hot rice with a tonkatsu steak on top […]

KATSUDON


pork
According to wikipedia, tonkatsu or pork cutlet, invented in the late 19th century, is a popular dish in Japan. It consists of a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet one to two centimeters thick and sliced into bite-sized pieces, generally served with shredded cabbage and/or miso soup. Either a pork fillet or […]

TONKATSU



JAPANESE TSUKUNE WITH TERIYAKI SAUCE
Tsukune is Japanese mini hamburger patty that is normally made with ground meat (with a mixture of beef and pork). The meat patty can be served with teriyaki sauce or miso dressing or simply with salt and pepper. I found this a very easy and tasty recipe, especially with the […]

JAPANESE TSUKUNE WITH TERIYAKI SAUCE


YAKITORI
Yakitori is a very popular grilled chicken or non-chicken skewers. To me, this is a Japanese-style satay Yakitori is a fun food for entertaining for sure. From young (exception to the little people who still doesn’t know what bamboo skewers can do to your eyes) to old, I’d imagine people […]

YAKITORI


GREEN PEA RICE
This green pea rice recipe is a great way to season your rice. Traditionally as shared by Harumi Kurihara in her Everyday Harumi cookbook, this rice is prepared with dashi stock, however, she made some modification by replacing the dashi stock with a mixture of sake, water and salt. As […]

GREEN PEA RICE



MINI CHICKEN FILLET WITH MAYONNAISE
Harumi Kurihara prepared this dish for her daughter for her to take to the school in a bento box. I did attempt to make bento lunch box when I got this wonderful bento set from a dear friend, Willy (thank you again !), who lives in Japan. If you ever […]

MINI CHICKEN FILLET WITH MAYONNAISE


DEEP-FRIED CHICKEN WITH A LEEK SAUCE
Cooking Japanese this week (and the next two weeks) with Everyday Harumi by Harumi Kurihara reminds me of the Korean week. You just need to be familiar with few basic seasoning, in this case: sake, mirin, miso, rice vinegar, dashi, soy sauce (as you will see these a lot in […]

DEEP-FRIED CHICKEN WITH A LEEK SAUCE